The flu-like illness that afflicted several Phillies over the past few days appears to be subsiding, and the team was fortunate that Friday was a scheduled day off. That allowed closer Brad Lidge and pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs to recover in time for Game 3.
General manger Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday that “maybe one or two players” in addition to Dobbs were ill and undergoing tests, and that he did not know how Dobbs was progressing. Both Lidge and Dobbs said today that were feeling better and were available to play without restrictions.
“(Friday) was a good day for me to stay away,” Lidge said. On Friday, he spent time in the trainers room, but was otherwise absent from the team’s workout and media availability.
Asked if Lidge was feeling better today and was available without restrictions, pitching coach Rich Dubee said: “He’s fine. It’s the World Series, isn’t it?”
Dobbs said he could play the field if needed, though manager Charlie Manuel expressed reluctance to use Dobbs as anything other than a pinch-hitter.
Dobbs said that his temperature reached about 102 degrees, but has gone down. “They put me on antibiotics immediately, and that helped,” he said. “It was no fun at all.”